Yaslani was born and raised on the Jersey Shore and then moved to Los Angeles where she studied Fine Art -Painting at Otis Art Institute. Before long she found herself back in New Jersey where she detoured from art for a while and settled into a normal life fully stocked with a corporate job. Turns out she wasn't cut out for normal. Making things for her is an addiction. A packrat by nature, she believes all items have a second life and loves using recycled items and supplies that are gentle to the environment.
Her work consists of bamboo pendants and mixed media paintings. She uses found objects, bamboo, ephemera, old paper, acrylic, goauche, pencils, pens, ink, glitter… and anything else within her grasp. She is influenced by pop culture, color, music, animals, fashion, movies, magazines and too many artists to mention. There are no heavy messages in her work. She consider her art to be an aesthetic conversation, or a lovely chat between friends sometimes relaying a story or an inside joke. The only judgement she makes with her art is “am I feeling this or not.” The “not” pile gets recycled for another day.
Yaslani is the brainchild for all her creative outlets. There is so much more she plans to do. There are so many more beautiful conversations she plans to have and is still planning her escape from normal. Stay tuned.
Go browse through her Etsy shop to take a look at all her pendants. They are great, and would be excellent Christmas gifts. Check out the custom photo pendant. I know I also make custom pendants, but this one is totally different. I had to include the Bellagio Pendant above, my husband and I just got back from Vegas and that's where we stayed! (although that's not what this picture is)
I started making jewelry over 10 years ago during college when a family friend that is a jeweler taught me how to string pearls. After that I tried to teach myself everything I could about making beaded jewelry. I am self-taught, definitely not the "artsy" type. As you can probably tell, most of my jewelry is pretty classic in style. I earned my master's degree in Occupational Therapy, and I am able to incorporate crafts and beads into therapy at times with my patients.
I am a mother of two small children (13 months, and 2 1/2)that is enjoying staying at home with them while they are young. In doing so, I have been able to pick back up with my jewelry business that I love.